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Ultimate Warrior, RIP

April 9, 2014

We interrupt our regularly scheduled comics programming to note the passing of the Ultimate Warrior, one of the most insane main event wrestling characters of all time.

The Warrior, born Jim Hellwig, who later legally changed his name to Warrior and started ranting and raving on a variety of social and political issues, was one of the great wrestling stars of the eighties and nineties. He was a roided up monster from “Parts Unknown” with feathered hair, face paint and bicycle tassels tied around his engorged biceps, who ran to the ring to some of the best entrance music ever, shook the ropes, threw around opponents — and had promos that were some of the most out there you could ever imagine. Check out this one:

Crazy. And crazy entertaining. He was a comic character come to life. (And he once had his own bizarre “destructicity”-laden comic.)

At this past weekend’s WrestleMania festivities the Warrior — after a long real-life legal and verbal feud with Vince McMahon — mended fences and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and on Monday he made his first appearance in almost two decades on the company’s flagship program, RAW. He looked old, beaten up but healthy. And now he’s gone. He was 54. I’m sad about this.

A flight of Slim Jims and loud snorts in the middle of sentences sing thee to thy rest, Warrior.

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